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2 requests: Good sportsbar in midtown to watch NCAA and dinner for 8

Hey folks, I'll be staying at the W on Lexington and 49th for a bachelor party on the 31st of March(Sat.)? No strip clubs or crazyness though . We're looking to watch the Final Four at a decent sportsbar, or somewhere with decent prices and good TV's. Dinner-wise, something in the area would be fine. I guess staying under $40pp excluding drinks, tax, and tip would suffice. Italian, American, good burger joint, gastropub, etc. something casual but nice. No ethnic food because I don't think these guys are all that adventurous. In summary, I'm looking for a good place to hunker down and watch the Final Four without spending a mint and getting some good grub for 8 guys. Burgers, steaks, seafood, anything along those lines. I'd greatly appreciate any help as I am the guy in charge of this aspect of the gathering. Thanks in advance

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  1. There is a sports bar on 32ish, midtown east in the murray hill section. they feature the Penn State games during season. Anyone know the name of it? lots of tv's food, rooftop open in nice weather, 3 floors.

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    1. re: nyebaby37

      are you speaking of tonic? never been there but noticed the big red sign and roof when walking by.

      1. re: lisabnyc

        Tonic is on the corner of 29th.


        Hey, Tonyjlive, Although Tonic does serve food, if you and your pals want to go elsewhere for dinner, Waterfront Ale House is nearby, on the corner of 2nd & 30th. Good place for burgers.


        A $40 budget eliminates all the top-tier steakhouses. You could go to Angelo & Maxie's, on the corner of Park Av. S. & 19th St. The steaks are pretty good, and prices are quite moderate.


      2. Across the street from Angelo and Maxie's is Dukes. I was there last weekend for a few games. Pretty good simple seafood, lots of TVs, cheap prices (including buckets of beer). And big enough tables. Might hit the spot.

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        1. re: ronoc

          i like kevin st. james on 8th between 46th and 47th for sports-watching.

        2. Houston's, if you want to do it classy. 53rd and Lex.

          1. BOUNCE 73rd and 2nd. Call to reserve a table

            1. I'd go to Danny Meyer's "Blue Smoke" on 27th Street (between Park and Lexington) and then pop over next door to "Park Avenue Country Club" to watch the games.

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              1. re: snoballz

                Good call on Blue Smoke...great food!

                1. re: snoballz

                  Park Avenue Country Club is closed.

                  1. re: PatrickTX

                    good the food stunk and the mgt was amateurish

                2. Thanks for everyone's thoughts. Unfortunately, Tonic doesnt take res. for parties of our size so we have to scratch that as I'm sure it will be packed on a Sat. night for the final four. Blue Smoke is booked up :( The other guys wanted to do the Brazilian Steakhouse(the name escapes me right now) nearby. I know I'll eat way too much and wont be able to go out afterwards as will everyone else even though they say they won't. So, any other recs out there? I think we're gonna just try and find a cheap beers place for the afternoon and play the bball games by ear and our main concern has switched to the dinner. They want a sit down, good food, not crazy expensive. Are there any real bang for your buck places up in that area that are easy on the wallet and the food is killer, one of those hae to try spots even if it isn't the prettiest? That would be great. Thanks again.

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                  1. re: Tonyjlive

                    Sorry that things are not working out as you had hoped. That Brazilian rodizio is called Porcao. From what I've heard, it's not the greatest. The best one is Churrascaria Plataforma. Original location in midtown. Just in case...


                    I'll toss out another place that has a bunch of t.v. screens: Vertigo, on the corner of 3rd Av. & 26th St. There's a bar as well as tables. I haven't a clue about the food, but you might want to see if you can catch the game there.

                    Now, to get back to your latest question. With literally hundreds of restaurants to choose from, you need to help narrow things down by telling us what cuisines you and your pals prefer and what your per person budget is. Also tells us if that figure includes alcoholic beverages, tax (nearly 9%) and tip (20%). Oh, and clarify again exactly what area you want.

                    1. re: RGR

                      RGR, Price per Person would be MAX $40 pre tax, pre tip and before alcohol. Cuisine type would be something along the lines of a steakhouse. I realize we are priced out of the top steakhouses. (Also a nice Italian place would work.) To give an example, I think John's Pizzeria on 44th would be nice personally. Keeps the prices down, nice place, and good food.However, at 7pm on Sat. night we probably won't have the greatest of luck getting in without an hour or so wait. A cross btwn a steakhouse and pub would be cool. In Philly, we have quite a few places where you can get some good beers and really good food ranging from steaks, to mussels, to chili, to burgers, to fish and chips, etc. A nicer pub would be good as long as the food is really good and not crazy expensive. Sorry if I'm all over the place with this, but we're flexible is what I'm trying to convey. Looking for good food, good prices, and good atmosphere. Thank you
                      PS. Churrascaria Plataforma is the place where we originally were going to go, but btwn prices and all-u-can-eat we would have had an early night

                      1. re: Tonyjlive

                        howdy tony,
                        why not just head up to blondies?

                        1. re: steve h.

                          i like vertigo on 27/3rd decent bar food if you stay simple and they open the doors if the weather is nice...it's a cool space actually

                  2. There are many bars closer to your hotel than the ones recommended here, all with TVs which will be tuned to the games. There are several on 3rd Ave. such as O'Neil's (going downtown) or the famous P.J Clarke's going uptown. 2nd Ave. in the '40s is lined with bars. Unfortunately most of these become party scenes for folks in their early 20s from Queens and L.I. on Thu., Fri., and Sat. nights, but some are better than others. I always used to go to the Manchester Pub on 2nd between 48th & 49th when I lived over there. Decent burgers and good English beers on tap (and plenty of TVs).

                    1. I'm confused if you want something in midtown or down near Murray Hill now (you mentioned Blue Smoke and Porcao), but Old Town bar might scratch the good burger for good value itch (can't vouch for the rest of the food). In that neighborhood I would reiterate Duke's as a decent option for a variety of foods (and a lot of TVs) in a place big enough to take your party with this late notice (probably your biggest issue in NYC).
                      Further uptown I have less advice.

                      1. Duke's is not a bad idea, the theme there is vaguely cajun/southern soul food, it's big and hospitable.

                        A little further north and west, I would suggest McGee's Pub. It's an Irish pub, they serve food (it won't blow your mind, but it's serviceable), it's two floors, they have darts (not sure on the pool), lots of TVs. It's on 55th St between 8th Ave and Broadway. Call ahead and make sure they don't have a crappy cover band, or even worse a crappy original band that night. www.mcgeespub.com

                        1. I am in the exact same situation. I am staying at the W this weekend and need a place to watch the game before dinner at Benjamin's Steakhouse. I've been told that upstairs at Connolly's Pub (14 E.40th (5th and Madison), is a good spot.

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                          1. re: Random987

                            There are several Connoly's all over Midtown.